HOMER, which stands for Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research, was formed to provide the evidence to inform, guide, and shape health professions education (HPE) activities in the NHG cluster. By HPE, we refer to the spectrum of educational activities that prepare healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals for practice and continuous professional development.
Two fundamental assumptions underpin HOMER’s vision. First, HPE activities are embedded within and intricately intertwined with a surrounding institutional environment that contains multiple stakeholders, including allied health professionals, clinicians, healthcare administrators, nurses, policy makers, and students. Second, the raison d’être of HPE is the betterment of health outcomes for the population.
HOMER works closely with members of the HPE ecosystem to improve the quality of HPE by investigating the ways in which the connection between HPE and health outcomes can be strengthen.
Specifically, HOMER:
1) Conducts rigorous multidisciplinary scholarly research;
2) Develops conceptual, methodological, and practical tools for research and application;
3) Communicates research findings;
4) Translates research findings into practice; and
5) Provides support for health professions education research community.
In essence, HOMER’s research efforts seek to answer the question “What improvements in health professions education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?” The overarching goal is to engage in high quality and relevant research that are focused on improving educational and patient outcomes. Such research falls into Pasteur’s Quadrant or what is known as “use-inspired basic research;” research that improves fundamental understanding as well as solve practical problems.
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